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Me in December 2008. This is what I call a full figure.

Off to a New Year's party (Dec. 31, 2008). Don't I look like a happy camper?

1986 My family with my brothers in New York City.



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On April 30, 2017, I celebrated my 8th Sparkversary. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 143.88 lbs. Over the years, Spark People has helped me with the following:

- I have become more aware of the importance of eating well and leaving junk food out of my diet.
- Exercise has become a routine for me.
- The need to sleep a minimum of seven to eight hours a night.
- The importance of staying active online because I am positive that I would have regained my weight if I had not continued on SP.
- The importance of food tracking on a daily basis.
- Soft drinks are no longer drunk in the household.
- Desserts are made for guests only and we don't miss it.
etc. (the list goes on)

Like many of you, I have had ups and downs over the course of this journey. I am presently overweight as per the BMI scale and I will continue my journey to reach my healthy weight.

The truth is that with the weight that I 'have' lost, I have found my self-esteem again and my willingness to continue this struggle. I even look forward to going out more and dressing up again because I can actually look better in the clothes that I have. That is a nice feeling... Truly, I will not go upwards again as I know what that feels like. Yes, with the weight on, I could still do a lot but my cholesterol was high and my BMI was on the obese side -- who's kidding who here?

I am 69 y.o. and never did envision myself being a heavy senior citizen. Looking at my December 2008 picture beside, it was obvious to me that it was time that I got myself moving again and by doing so, it has proven to be beneficial all-round.

Member Since: 4/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 245,907

My Goals:
My goal is to lose the excess weight I have accumulated and get my BMI and cholesterol to healthier levels. I want to be a role model for my daughters and grand-children.

My Program:
I am watching and marking down EVERYTHING that I eat. I am exercising on a regular basis. Initially, I had scheduled one day off and now I find myself doing something on that day too!!!

Personal Information:
Originally from Canada, I have resided in West Africa since 1975 (during my entire adult life). I do get a chance to go and visit my family frequently but miss them a lot. Thanks to my MagicJack, Viber, Skype, I can communicate even more now with everybody.

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One of my favorite saying is: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do". Mother Teresa

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  • v JOLIEN999
    Thank you for your kind words and concern. I do get help on meds and i see a couselor every week to 2 weeks. I dont live with my dad havent since i was 14, 34 now. But he comes over on evey day he has off to see my boys. I had a reading with a medium last week and he saids my dad needs help but dad is in denial and nothing is wrong.
    2 days ago
    You ARE such an important part of the Determined Daisies--thank you for all your work! And congrats on being the Daisy of the Day this past week! (I am behind--so what else is new!)
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    5 days ago
    emoticon Lise! This is YOUR day and I hope it is both full of fun and a very happy day for you! Thanks for being such a GREAT leader to our team and for all the work you do to keep us up and running. I would be interested in learning how you ended up in Africa! I looked up pictures of your city and it is such a beautiful and fascinating city! Have a GREAT day!!!
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